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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A YA Satire...

Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens

By: Libba Bray

Genre: YA fiction

Pages: 396

Published: 2011

Audiobook: 12 CD’s (14 hrs 28 mins)

Read: April

1 out of 5

I had the honor of hearing Bray speak in 2012. She has great character and quite a sense of humor, so maybe I should have expected this. However, the only other book of Bray’s I read is The Diviner’s, which was not a slapstick book.  The Diviner’s may have been a slow start, but it was thought-provoking, well thought-out with a well-developed plot. This one was a painful read. I realize that this book was a satire, but it followed no structure, made no sense, and was plain old stupid. The cover and description should have been my clue to knowing this would NOT be a book for me (Yes, I also dislike Jim Carey!) There were a few and only a few laughable moments – but then the commercial breaks, pirate rock stars, and not-very-funny footnotes ruined those moments too. The only redeeming quality was that Bray read it herself and she has a great voice with lots of character.  I may finish The Diviner’s trilogy, but I will not be reading anymore Bray.  

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